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Invasive plants. Conceptual illustration of the invasive flowering plant periwinkle (Vinca major) strangling and damaging an Earth globe, representing the effect such plants have on an ecosystem. Often planted for their beauty, non-native plants such as this one compete with and displace native species. Invasive plants can smother a landscape, leading to a monoculture threatening the biodiversity of the native ecosystem.
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